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by Thomas R. Pegram

Battling Demon Rum: The Struggle for a Dry America, 1800-1933 (American Ways) download ebook
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Thomas R. Pegram
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Ivan R. Dee; 1St Edition edition (August 17, 1999)
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Battling Demon Rum. This is a short history of the struggles for alcohol prohibition in the United States. You can learn a lot from this book about how to organize a movement around the cause of your choosing. 2 people found this helpful.

Battling Demon Rum. Prior to the early 19th century strong drink was regarded as good if not medicinal. Most houses had no central heating. Most houses had no central heating

Battling Demon Rum. Women and children drank at home, men drank at work and in social gatherings (. ). The temperance movement started to grow from the 1830s on, as science discovered the bad effects of alcohol.

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Thomas R. Pegram's Battling Demon Rum is an incisive, well-written overview of temperance and prohibition politics from the early nineteenth century to the repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment in 1933.

American Ways (Hardcover).

It is a cautionary tale. The groups that formed in an effort to regulate alcohol are the leading players in Mr. Pegram's story. He traces the moral and political campaigns of these temperance advocates, showing how their tactics and organization reflected changes in the nation's politics and social structure. American Ways (Hardcover).

The Struggle for a Dry America, 1800-1933. New in the American Ways Series. From roughly 1800 to the repeal of national prohibition in 1933, temperance reform was a powerful and revealing American social movement. Alcoholic drink had been a fixture of daily life from colonial times, and to many Americans the saloon became a symbol of freedom and egalitarianism a fitting emblem for American democracy. But many men and women believed that alcohol had a destructive impact on American society and fostered personal and political deviancy. Published by Thriftbooks. This book examines the American history of politics and temperance during the 19th and early 20th century

Battling Demon Rum. com User, 10 years ago. "Battling Demon Run" gives the reader great insight into Prohibition, its history, its failures and its repeal. This book examines the American history of politics and temperance during the 19th and early 20th century. In the late 18th century the local tavern was a meeting place for resistance and revolution, and became a symbol of freedom and egalitarianism.

Saved in: Main Author: Pegram, Thomas . Published: Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, c1998. Series: American ways series. Subjects: Temperance United States History. Alcoholism United States Prevention History. Prohibition United States History.

From roughly 1800 to the repeal of national prohibition in 1933, temperance reform was a powerful and revealing American social movement. Alcoholic drink had been a fixture of daily life from colonial times, and to many Americans the saloon became a symbol of freedom and egalitarianism―a fitting emblem for American democracy. But many men and women believed that alcohol had a destructive impact on American society and fostered personal and political deviancy. Thomas Pegram's narrative account of their fight to regulate alcohol traces the moral and political campaigns of the temperance advocates, and shows how their tactics and organization reflected changes in the nation's politics and social structure. Because political parties and government have historically resisted divisive moral reforms such as prohibition, Mr. Pegram notes the success of such initiatives indicates key moments of change―as with the adoption of national prohibition in 1919. But in this instance the failures of prohibition enforcement shaped the attitudes of politics and ever since, offering an example of the limits of government-enforced morals. Battling Demon Rum is an intriguing tale of social reform, expertly told. New in the American Ways Series.
Reviews:
  • inform
Well researched and written. Informative, entertaining, and adds to an understanding of factors that are mostly ignored by other historians relating to the development of trade, power and politics in the New World. I would highly recommend this for students of history who wish to broaden their understanding. It is also entertaining and accessible and should be enjoyed by anyone interested in the role that the rum trade (and alcohol in general) played in the history of our hemisphere.
  • FreandlyMan
Great!
  • Rocky Basilisk
There is so much underlining in the first 100 pages that it is almost unreadable. I feel it should be replaced.
I have ordered many used books in the past and even those with a rating of "good" have always been easy to read even if they do show considerable wear.
  • Jark
Battling Demon Rum

This is a short history of the struggles for alcohol prohibition in the United States. Prior to the early 19th century strong drink was regarded as good if not medicinal. (Most houses had no central heating.) Women and children drank at home, men drank at work and in social gatherings (p.9). Industrial capitalism changed the economic fortunes of artisans and laborers, and there was an increase in drinking binges (p.10). The temperance movement started to grow from the 1830s on, as science discovered the bad effects of alcohol. So far it was just a personal choice, like styles in clothes. By the late 19th century effort began to control this choice by force of law. The newly powerful class of economic aristocrats decided to abolish alcoholic drinks. Since they would need to pass new laws, they decided on a "divide and conquer" strategy. Little by little, laws were passed to limit choices. As soon as one restriction was passed, they went on to advocate new restrictions. You can see something similar today in the prohibition of smoking. Laws are passed every few years, or taxes are raised. The end results are becoming clear. Another example is the activities of Gun Prohibitionists.

The Anti-Saloon League, created in 1895, spearheaded Prohibition. Rather than attack the drinker, they attacked the saloons where beer was sold. [Gun Prohibitionists attack gun stores and gun shows rather than gun owners.] The ASL asked their members to support the candidate, not the party. [Gun Prohibitionists operate in the shadows, and can influence officials better that way.] There were few women members in the ASL. [Gun Prohibitionists often feature women in leadership roles, even if the money men keep out of sight.] Control of the ASL remained in the hands of professional staffs. [Gun Prohibitionists use professional liars from advertising, public relations, and such.] The ASL ran on money donated by millionaires, and other donors. [Gun Prohibitionists are funded by front groups for millionaires, such as the Joyce Foundation or Open Society Institute. One millionaire created the Million Mom March, Inc; his withdrawal of funds ended it.]

Chapter 7 provides a seminar on influencing laws. Supporters were asked to write personal letters rather than sign petitions (p.1210. The ASL promised low taxes, peaceful politics, and a booming economy. [Gun Prohibitionists also make promises.] The ASL made use of democratic innovations such as initiative and referendum, and primary elections to advance their goals, yet tried to block their use against prohibitionists! The ASL wanted home rule where they could win, but banned it where they would lose (p.123)!

There are two things unmentioned (or unmentionable) in this book. First, the creation of public water supplies provided a safe alternative to beer (the historic remedy against polluted water). Second, the prohibition of alcohol provided a steady support to newly created organized crime (which still depends on local funding). Industrial capitalism needed criminal gangs to do its work in subjugating and exploiting wage earners. Were they needed to to the job that lawyers couldn't do?
  • Braned
A concise history of the temperance movement that avoids what could have an extremely dull subject by:

- focusing on the actual strategies that worked and why. In many ways, this is a handbook on how to organize a successful, multi-state grassroots movement.
- unforeseen twists and unintended consequences. This includes the sudden change of Southern states from opposing any non-local cultural standards to Southern Evangelicals unexpectedly allied themselves with Progressives.
- analyzing why a struggle that supporters expected to take decades (nation-wide prohibition) was accomplished in a few years and why it failed. (Short version: After many years of closely monitoring which politicians were on their side and supporting their campaign, after the 18th Amendment was passed, there was no scrutiny of HOW the law was being administered. Essentially, they "declared victory" and disbanded themselves.)
- interesting tidbits like Jacob Riis' observation that the "law prohibiting the selling of beer to minors is about as much respected in the tenement-house districts as the ordinance against swearing." Or the alcoholic beverage industry responding to charges (in one of their trade papers, "The Champion of Fair Play") that their business model lead to immorality with comebacks like "Saloons not the cause of all crime" and "Liquor not the cause of poverty."

You can learn a lot from this book about how to organize a movement around the cause of your choosing.